So, our armpits may not be the most attractive areas on a body but they are an important one at that.
A lot of us don't really think about what antiperspirant we use. Usually we just go for the one that smells the nicest, I'm definitely guilty of this!
A few years back I learnt the importance of choosing your deodorant well. At the time I was using Sure Antiperspirant which I bought from my usual drug store, I had a mini for my handbag and a spray for use after showering.
I began to notice a raised bump in my right armpit and thought nothing of it, just that it might have been an ingrown hair which would sort itself out in no time.
After ignoring it for months, it had got bigger and I could feel it without having to look for it. It was becoming uncomfortable, I mentioned it to my mum in passing and she said I needed to book an appointment with my GP ASAP.
I didn't know this but the tissue under your armpit is actually classed as your breast too, and as we know any lump in your breast would set alarm bells ringing and should be shortly followed by a phone call to your doctor. My GP explained what was happening. Which leads me to the reason behind writing this post.
The Antiperspirant I was using was causing a lump to form in my underarm as a reaction to the toxins in it. I was very relieved that it wasn't anything more than that but it did open my eyes to toxins and what I was using on my skin.
My doctor advised that I shouldn’t be using Antiperspirants that contain Aluminium.
So I did some research and it turns out there is no conclusive research linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. Which is good news!
But I did manage to confirm what I was told about Aluminium-based antiperspirants....
The important thing to remember is that antiperspirants and deodorants are different things all together; antiperspirants can contain aluminium salts where as deodorants do not, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that deodorants are any better for you.
Antiperspirants containing aluminium, work to completely stop perspiration from occurring.
Deodorants allow perspiration but work to only kill the bacteria that causes odour when we perspire.
It does make more sense to use deodorant as it is a much more natural process just to let our bodies sweat, but let’s face it none of us want to give the person next to us a shock with any 'unpleasant' odours.
Most commercial brands of deodorants and Antiperspirants contain a number of harsh chemicals as we know, let's keep the focus on Aluminium. Aluminium is a toxin and can be potentially toxic to our health.
The Aluminium in these products can be absorbed into the skin and also enter via cuts and nicks. The word toxin would put any one off, here's where I decided to make a change, I knew I had to remove it from my routine completely as I had seen the evidence of what the Aluminium was doing to my skin, and that was on the outside, when I began to think about what would happen on the inside I decided to totally cut it out.
I came across a great Aluminium free deodorant which I am really excited to share with you.
The deodorant itself is based on the Aloe Vera plant (or Aloe Barbadensis Miller) which is a plant concealing a pure inner gel which has been used for centuries to improve health and enhance beauty. Aloe is a desert plant with amazing capabilities to absorb and restore moisture.
Did you know that Cleopatra championed the use of Aloe Vera for beautification, it was the biggest secret to her beauty..she would bathe in it and we all know she had enough time to!
The product description reads ‘Effective, long lasting and non-irritating underarm protection that can be used directly after shaving. Clean scented, free from aluminium salts, lasts for months and will not stain clothes’ Honestly, that has to the most truthful product description I have read to date!
It costs £5.92 which is maybe a pound or more than you would usually pay for a large can but I have had mine for nearly two months now and it’s only moved down a smidge and that’s all considering I use it more than once a day after the gym too, so it’s going to last me absolutely ages. One thing I can’t stand about spray on deodorants is that they run out so quickly not to mention that they instantly put the people around you into a coughing fit from the gas!
You might not be keen on stick or roll on deodorants, and before this, I was the same. I didn’t like the feeling they gave you-I can only describe it as a ‘wet’ feeling which isn’t nice when you’ve got your nice clean clothes on..I know some of you know exactly what I mean. The feeling wasn’t sticky at all and it dried quickly. It’s a smooth texture and not creamy or liquid. This literally a solid stick of Aloe Vera with added anti-perspirant capabilities.
The fragrance is pleasant and fresh but not over powering, as much as I like my fragrance to smell good I can’t stand an over powering fragrance which takes over the lovely fragrance of the expensive perfume I just put on.
Effectiveness: Great, kept me dry without white marks.
Fragrance: Light and fresh
Packaging: Simple, twist bottom design and seems to be of good quality so it won’t get stuck if I twist it up too much.
Price: £5.92 is great value, from my usage so far I estimate it to last me around 3 more months so a total of 5 months per stick. Consider that a normal spray deodorant costs £4 and lasts you maybe two months at a push.
Usability: Can be used for men and women
As always I only recommend products I believe in and have really tested, this is most definitely worth it. We concentrate a lot on what we look like but need to remember that it’s what we put into our body that counts.
This product is not easy to get hold of, if you would like to know more or would like to know where you can buy this leave me a comment or send me an email, email@example.com